Secondary Mathematics Teacher
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78756
Susan Osterhaus has been teaching secondary mathematics for 30! years at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, Texas. She has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, a master’s degree in Mathematics Education, and certifications in Secondary Math, English, and Teaching the Visually Impaired from the University of Texas at Austin. Susan has taught or consulted with VI students from grades 6 through college, at achievement levels ranging from 3rd grade to talented and gifted.
Susan has refined teaching strategies related to math content to enhance the understanding of visually impaired students. She shares this level of experience freely with colleagues at TSBVI, throughout Texas, nationally, and internationally through presentations, workshops, videotapes, publications, and curriculum development. Susan developed and maintains a math homepage on the TSBVI Website, a resource through which she further shares her expertise in mathematics. She answers specific questions from around the world on the homepage and through phone calls and e-mail.
A recipient of numerous awards over the years, Susan was selected the 1998 Outstanding Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired for the United States by the Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB) in conjunction with the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB). She was also appointed and continues to server as a member of the Mathematics Technical Committee (1998), the Tactile Graphics Technical Committee (2004), and the Ad Hoc Committee on Standardized Tests (2012) of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA). She was the recipient of the JVIB Peer Reviewer of the Year Award for 2002. She received the Austin Silver Apple Award and was featured on KEYE TV on October 22, 2003. Susan was awarded the Julia L. Young award from TAER in 2004, in recognition of outstanding work with children who are blind or visually impaired in Texas. Susan helped organize the program and presented (in the Students with Special Needs Topic Study Group) for the 10th International Congress on Mathematical Education held in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 4-11, 2004. She also presented to a “standing room only” audience at HANDImatica in Bologna, Italy, on November 26, 2004. She was awarded the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Visual Impairments’ 2006 Teacher of the Year Award, for dedication, knowledge and skills in the field of visual impairments. She received the 2006 Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) Education Curriculum Division’s Joyce May Ogburn Award, for dedication and excellence in educating children with visual impairments. Most recently, Susan was selected as the Council for Exceptional Children Clarissa Hug 2007 Teacher of the Year, in recognition of outstanding special education teaching strategies, innovation, and ability to inspire children and youth with exceptionalities.
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. (2003). Mathematics and science for students with special needs. ENC Focus, 10(2), p 43. The web site was selected as an exemplary resource from the ENC Collection to illustrate this issue's theme of turning special needs into special opportunities.
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. (2000). Making schools work for every child. ENC Focus, 7(4), p 66. The web site was selected as an exemplary resource from the ENC Collection to illustrate this issue's theme of meeting the needs of all learners.
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